The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
Ditch the bouquet of roses this Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re planning an over-the-top getaway or keeping things quiet with a romantic staycation, consider giving your girlfriend, partner, or wife a memorable gift, too.
Ladies who travel often (and prefer gifts that are as practical as they are pretty), will think these picks are a perfect match. There's a carry-on-friendly cocktail kit that will transform stressful flights into fun mixology courses, a palm-sized roll-on perfume that's as fresh as a bouquet of blooms, and a portable speaker that just as cute as it is powerful.
Below, the Valentine's Day gifts for her we're loving right now.
A Portable, Waterproof Speaker
There’s something genuinely irritating about being beholden to tinny earbuds or laptop sound systems when you’re on the go. This disc-shaped speaker from our Ultimate Travel Essentials is packable, waterproof, and shockproof — she can even float it in her private hotel plunge pool. We love that it also comes in blue, purple, black, gray, and orange, so a techy gift feels more personal.
To buy: amazon.com, $75 (originally $100)
Small-batch Designer Goodies
Of a Kind is a women-owned shopping site focused on limited-edition accessories like this geometric shearling backpack, home goods, and apparel — think effortless tunic dresses and chic alpaca wraps — from up-and-coming independent designers. Of a Kind has gift certificates in several denominations, so you can let your gal’s (excellent) taste lead the way.
To buy: ofakind.com, $300
A Beautiful Water Bottle
Vibrant, silicone-wrapped glass water bottles by bkr come in hues with cute monikers like Romeo, Cupcake, Rosy, and Madly. Bkr will spare your darling the mad rush to the airport grocer to snag a pricey, eco-unfriendly plastic water bottle before takeoff (these are phthalate and BPA-free). Bonus: She’ll think of you every time she hydrates.
A Modern Travel Pillow
Spare her the experience of haggling with strangers for those flat tiny pillows stashed in overhead bins. Give her the subtle, scarf-like Trtl pillow, which has a secret support system that will ensure that she comes home to you rested and, er, sociable. (It’s the rare gift that benefits both partners!)
To buy: amazon.com, $30
We Found Each Other Custom Puzzle
A perfect rainy weekend activity for the couple who'd rather be traveling, the maker of this 300-piece puzzle asks for the exact location of the spot your love story started and will print an aerial view of the surrounding square mile for a heartfelt surprise.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $129
Tory Burch Frequent Flyer Gift Set
This smooth leather trio — a luggage tag, passport holder, and a triple-pocket clutch — will let her feel put-together even after the longest of intercontinental flights.
To buy: toryburch.com, $375
Kai Rose Perfume Oil
With notes of rose absolute, gardenia, white florals, this essential oil–based roll-on fragrance is light, fresh, and (bonus points) travel-friendly.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $48
Carry-on Cocktail Kits
Watery in-flight gin and tonics can get so dull, especially if your beloved is en route to somewhere exciting. To ensure the journey itself is spirited, we love these sweetly designed carry-on cocktail kits that include a stirring spoon, ginger syrup (for Moscow Mules), bitters and sugar (for Old Fashioneds). You can even find Champagne Cocktail and Bloody Mary kits. Each charming metal tin contains the fixings for two drinks, and abides by TSA regulations: Just buy your spirit of choice on board.
To buy: amazon.com, from $14 (originally $24)
Does your significant other travel for work all the time without much of a food and drink budget? Help her take the edge off by sending a six-pack or bottle of spirits her way. Minibar, a relatively new service available in 26 cities including Fort Worth, Manhattan, St. Paul, and San Francisco, allows you to select a nice bottle—Veuve Clicquot or Bulleit bourbon, anyone?—and have it delivered within an hour (except in the state of California, where you need to give the company a couple days’ notice). Best of all, there’s no delivery fee.
To buy: minibar.com
A Personal Stylist
If you’ve ever tried to buy her a scarf (or a jacket, a skirt, or a necklace) and she totally hated it, don’t fret. Now there are sites like Stitch Fix to help you please even the fussiest shopper. Your better half just needs to fill in her size and taste preferences online, and five hand-selected items of clothing go right to her door. She buys what she likes (using your gift certificate, naturally) and sends back the rest using a prepaid return envelope.
To buy: stitchfix.com, from $20
Coach Lip Ornament
This cheeky metallic tag will add a sweet touch that's equal parts practical when she's trying to spot her suitcase on the baggage carousel.
To buy: coach.com, $15 (originally $30)
SteamLine Luggage The Artiste Carry-on
Ugg Scuffette II Slipper
There's a reason this suede slipper has become a crowd-favorite: it's so darn cozy. Treat her feet to these super-soft slides with more than 800 five-star reviews on Nordstrom.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $85